Yes, it was love at first sight…I remained calm as I picked up the black woven clutch. I opened it, revealing the camel colored leather interior where there lay a heavy, chain link shoulder strap. My heart started to beat faster. When I snapped it shut with the large silver balls, seeing the sides of the bag perfectly aligned, I grew giddy. But wait! It came in so many other colors: red, purple, orange, neutral toned multi…and so many other styles too! These woven leather bags are hand made here in Florence. I spoke at length with the owner of the shop and factory about his bags, and he substantiated what I already knew: that this business has been in his family for many years. I also met his darling mother, who still works in the store along side him. There are lots of stores here that claim to have their own factory, but in fact, there are only a few… most tourists never realize this. It is so important to know where to shop for authentic leather here!